Flood Recovery Efforts Continue in Randolph County

POCAHONTAS, AR - Randolph County has replaced a dozen bridges and repaired numerous roads in the year since river flooding devastated parts of the county.

Flooding last fall killed livestock, floated round hay bales into trees and drowned 40,000 chickens when a pair of broiler houses went under water.  The water rendered numerous local bridges unsafe, and the county is continuing to work to repair the damage.

Road workers have fixed blacktop routes, replaced bridges with better structures and made other permanent repairs that officials say are expected to hold for a long time.

Randolph County Judge David Jansen says the county secured disaster aid to help pay for the work, but the county had to reach into its own coffers, too.

Jansen says work is continuing, even now over a year after the flood.

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